The Incredible Story Of The Most Decorated Marine In American History

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  • Published on:  Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Virginian Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was an all-American hero who served in conflicts around the world including the Pacific in World War II and the Korean War in the 1950s. He was a Marine, and even although he died almost 50 years ago, he is still a legend within the ranks of that elite U.S. military outfit.

    Puller was born in June 1898 in West Point, Virginia, to parents Matthew and Martha. His father was a grocer but sadly died when Puller was just ten years old. It has been said that the fatherless boy would while away many childhood hours listening to tales of derring-do from old campaigners from the American Civil War.

    That conflict had ended in 1865 – not much more than 30 years before Puller was born – so there was every chance that the impressionable young lad met veterans who had actually participated in the war. Indeed, legendary Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson was apparently a particular hero of the youngster’s.

    In 1916, the teenage Puller was eager to see some action for himself and to generate some war stories of his own. The young Virginian attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army so that he could play his part in the Border War with Mexico. Alas, he was too young to join on his own say-so and his widowed mother refused to give the required permission. And so Puller’s first attempt to get into active service was thwarted, but it would not stay that way for long.

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  • Zeke DeFelice

    Zeke DeFelice

     5 hours ago

    I can’t count how many time my Drill Instructors at Paris Island told us to get down and give Chesty 50 push up. Indeed this great Warrior will live on. God Bless Chesty Puller and My beloved Marine Corp.

  • Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

     2 days ago

    Analog Human; look me up on Facebook!

  • Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

     2 days ago

    Oops..nit picky..

  • Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

     2 days ago

    Analog Human: I tend to get a bit not picky about things like this. Of you're going to tell a story get your facts straight and at least do enough research to know how to pronounce the names of people and places you're talking about.

  • Tim Cantrell

    Tim Cantrell

     3 days ago

    Jeez. How many Navy Crosses did he win ?

  • JOE Zeballos

    JOE Zeballos

     5 days ago

    criminal servant of EMPIRE Yanqui kill many people in central america now you pay the consequences FULL IMMIGRATION to USA

  • Ken Hardie

    Ken Hardie

     6 days ago

    As an Aussie we have never forgotten the incredible courage of the Yanks in Guadalcanal, the coral sea and around New Guinea during WW2 so many young men died their for for a Victory that kept Oz free.
    Weve never forgotten those determined young men and we still feel for the lament of their loved ones back home who had their sons taken away for us

  • Kneon Knight

    Kneon Knight

     7 days ago

    Puller. USMC. That is all.

  • Counselor Twenty17

    Counselor Twenty17

     8 days ago

    Looks like he could have been Jocko Willink's grandfather.

  • Wayland Lee

    Wayland Lee

     8 days ago

    Chesty Puller is one of America’s greatest heroes! 🇺🇸. Semper Fi forever! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Robert Newell

    Robert Newell

     8 days ago

    Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler later became an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government. the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions. Source Wikipedia

  • Analog Human

    Analog Human

     9 days ago

    We have the enemy to our front, rear and both our flanks, good were surrounded that can't get away from us now! -Chesty Puller



     9 days ago +1

    Semper Fi

  • Bill Bright

    Bill Bright

     9 days ago

    Recruit Puller,, why do you want to become a Marine?
    Well Sir, I want to become the best Marine I can be.

  • Patrick C. McEvoy

    Patrick C. McEvoy

     10 days ago

    I highly recommend Puller's biography simply called "Marine!" Its a great book, every American boy should read it by the time he turns 18.

  • Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

     10 days ago

    Narrator didn't know how to pronounce half of the key locations where major battles took place.

  • Adrian Tallpoppy

    Adrian Tallpoppy

     11 days ago

    The Congressional Medal of Honor is for individual bravery. He was a great officier but from this video I only heard him leading his men, no individual bravery.

  • Oscar Noriega

    Oscar Noriega

     12 days ago

    This is hard to listen to.  The speaker mispronounces so many of the place names.  Very annoying.  The video is talking about Puller's combat experiences in the battle of Peleliu, but the video is showing a photo from the Chosin Reservoir (Korean War).  Too bad.

  • Terry N. Shoemaker

    Terry N. Shoemaker

     12 days ago

    Semper Fi 1968-1972

  • B Winford

    B Winford

     12 days ago

    Chesty had a son.